World Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber
Global production of rubber reached 27.2 million tonnes in 2016 at an average annual growth rate of 2.2% from 23.7 million tonnes in 2010.
- Natural rubber (NR) accounted for 46% of world rubber production in 2016 with 12.3 million tonnes.
- Synthetic rubber (SR) made up 54% of global production of rubber in 2016 with 14.8 million tonnes.
- World consumption of rubber in 2016 increased by 4.5% year-on-year to 27.5 million tonnes as compared to 26.8 million tonnes in 2015.
- Total NR consumed in 2016 was 12.6 million tonnes, a 3.7% increase from the previous year.
- A total of 14.9 million tonnes of SR was consumed in 2016, an increase of 2.1% from 2015.
- China, USA, India, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany and Russia were among the top consumers of rubber in 2016.
- Rubber imports rose by 3.9% to 21.2 million tonnes in 2016 from 20.3 million tonnes in 2015.
- Global exports of rubber rose to 19.9 million tonnes in 2016; a 3.7% increase from 2015.
Chart 1: World Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber, 2010-2017 (Jan- June)
Source: International Rubber Study Group (IRSG)